Mohammed Siraj sheds a tear: The Indian fast bowler went through an emotional moment before the start of the third Test.
Emotions got the better of India fast bowler Mohammed Siraj as the 26-year old player was seen shedding a tear when the Indian national anthem was being played before the start of the third Test of the ongoing India’s tour of Australia in Sydney.
Siraj, who was standing between fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah and opening batsman Shubman Gill, was seen wiping his tears just as the national anthem concluded.
Upon being uploaded on social media platform Twitter, the video has since gone viral on the same platform.
Siraj, who had made his ODI debut during India’s previous tour of Australia, was handed his maiden Test cap in the last match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Match figures of 36.3-8-77-5 which included dismissals of Marnus Labuschagne, Cameron Green (twice) and Travis Head spoke highly about Siraj’s making the best of the opportunity provided to him in a format which he appears to be more suited for.
Sharing the new ball with Bumrah at the Sydney Cricket Ground today, Siraj drew first blood in only his second over as Australia opening batsman David Warner (5) edged a delivery to India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara at first slip.
Siraj, who traveled directly from UAE to Australia, had lost his father in November but couldn’t return to India to perform the last rites due to travel restrictions.
Mohammed Siraj sheds a tear
Playing a Test match is the pinnacle of this sport…
— Cricket on BT Sport (@btsportcricket) January 6, 2021
How Twitterati reacted:
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 6, 2021
Even if there’s little or no crowd to cheer you on, no better motivation than playing for India. As a legend once said “You don’t play for the crowd, you play for the country.” 🇮🇳 #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/qAwIyiUrSI
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) January 7, 2021
— HP (@heman_12) January 6, 2021
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